Best Serving Dishes, Trays, and Platters

Imagine the scenario: you move into a new place, invite a few guests over for an informal housewarming party, and have a variety of veggies, charcuterie, cheeses, and antipastos in the fridge – all ready for serving. Then you look in your kitchen cabinet and realize all you have are standard-sized dinner plates and salad bowls. Not ideal, right? So, if you're the type of person to host a gathering, big or small, it's a must to ensure you have the appropriate serving dishes, trays, and platters to make your finger foods more presentable and accessible. We did some digging, and our testers came up with some of the best options to help make sure you never commit that all-too-common serving faux pas of not having the right tools for the job. Read on to see our favorites on the market right now!

Most Convenient

Us Acrylic Avant 3-Compartment Plastic Appetizer Serving Tray


Stackable and Versatile

This set of four stackable trays comes in three and four compartment options that are the perfect way to separate and serve dips, antipastos, veggies, and a variety of other finger foods.

What We Liked

Made of BPA-free polystyrene (plastic), these long, rectangular serving trays feature individual compartments for separating a variety of foods. They’re great for informal gatherings and formal events – all thanks to the neutral white color, subtle curves, and contemporary design. The trays are shatter proof, easy to clean, and can be used time and time again for serving up your favorite crowd-pleasing snacks when you have guests over. Get them here. 

Most Versatile

zappy 5 Rectangle White Plastic Trays


Classy and Multifunctional

Measuring 10 x 14 inches, this set of five white serving platters (also available in black and clear) are perfect for serving up fruit platters, crudités, cheese displays, charcuteries, deli meats, and desserts.

What We Liked

These BPA-free plastic trays offer a universal way to serve just about any food for any occasion. The simple white design is elegant enough to be used at weddings and formal events while simple enough to be used for backyard barbeques. The 10 x 14-inch size and rectangular shape can be used to pile up burgers and hotdogs right from the grill, elegantly display sushi rolls, or serve portions of giant sub sandwiches. The serving choices and applications are endless with these versatile trays. Buy them now. 

Most Compact

Masirs Collapsible Party Tray


Collapsible Three-Tier Serving

Available in both flat tray or party bowl options, this collapsible three-tier serving device allows to have your own tea party display, seafood tower, or dessert spread at any gathering.

What We Liked

This fun design brings professional quality and an elegant display option to any party. Measuring 11.5 inches when fully expanded with a large bottom tray, medium middle tray, and small upper tray, the three-tiered design twists up and down, and each piece conveniently nests into the other when not in use. If you’re looking for an eye-catching and fun way to display and serve cupcakes, sandwich spreads, fruits and veggies, meats and cheeses, and more, this space-saving, pop-up party tray makes a great option. Buy them here. 

Most Elegant

KooK Serving Trays


Ideal for Appetizers, Sushi, and Side Dishes

At 11.8 inches each, this set of four ceramic plates feature a rectangular design with rounded, swooped rims, perfect for giving a touch of class to serving up your favorite side dishes, appetizers, and dessert spreads.

What We Liked

If you’ve ever gone to a sushi restaurant, you’ll likely recognize this style of platter. The rectangular shape is the perfect size for using as an individual plating option for a variety of dishes. Otherwise, it can be used to separate and serve a series of appetizers, side dishes, and desserts at your next gathering, whether in a formal or relaxed setting. They’re a practical, elegant, dishwasher-safe, and long-lasting option for making any food pop while entertaining guests. Get them now. 

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